If you have the tools to do it, here is a solution to take care of the forward
sling stud without it crowding the
barrel bedding block
The forward retainer screw ended up positioned on the stock about were a sling
stud would reside. Much concern was given this and finally the following
solution was designed.
The forward barrel bedding block retainer screw (a 1/4 X 28 hex head screw) was
drilled about 0.4 inch deep and taped to accept a 8 X 32 screw. A sling stud
was then milled from stainless steel bar stock to screw into the retainer
screw. The hex head of the retainer screw was left unchanged so that the rifle
could be used with or without the sling stud.
Below - A duplicate sling stud and a sleeve for the stud to screw into was made
for the butt-stock . The sleeve will be epoxied into the stock. Notice the
lands turned into the sleeve to give extra bonding surface. As with the
forward sling stud (above), this stud too can be removed when not wanted.